When I look at the girl in the picture on the left, I see a young, pretty, athletic blonde in a cheer uniform in full cheer mode. Then I saw a headline, Blogger Calls Cheerleader Pudgy with this same picture and I winced. CBS Sports Blogger, Claire Crawford decided to publicly call Kelsey Williams, a cheerleader for the Oklahoma City Thunder, “pudgy” on a recent article and then Crawford gave readers three options in a public poll about Williams:
- Had the perfect look to be an NBA cheerleader.
- Could use some tightening up in her midsection.
- Has no business wearing that outfit in front of people.
And then had the audacity to say, “But if she’s comfortable wearing that tiny outfit and dancing for NBA fans, then good for her. Besides…not every man likes women to be toothpick skinny. In fact, I’d say most men prefer a little extra meat on her bones. Am I right? What do you think? Is this chick “too chunky” to be a cheerleader? Either way, I wish she had a little more up on top, if you know what I mean…”
In an age where roughly eight million people in the United States have an eating disorder [source], how this article even made it to be published is beyond me. It just sounds like a back handed, jealous mean girl attempt from Crawford, who is actually believed to be a pseudonym for Anna-Megan Raney, the Digital Content Manager for CBS Sports Radio 610 in Houston. So this is what’s passing as journalism these days?
What gets me the most is that the writer is a woman herself. A female sports writer in a male dominated field, and the thing she chooses to write about is another woman’s physique. Instead of proving she is meant to be a sports writer and focusing on the game, the plays or the players, she decides to pick on a cheerleader. Crawford, before you write your next article, try to move past high school.
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